BB 10 Secures FIPS Certification Ahead of 2013 Launch

— November 08, 2012

Research In Motion's BlackBerry 10 platform is now FIPS 140-2 certified ahead of its anticipated 2013 launch. The certification will enable government agencies to deploy BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, RIM's new mobile enterprise management solution, from the day of launch.

FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certification lets security-conscious organizations, including U.S. and Canadian government agencies, companies in regulated industries and other organizations dealing with sensitive information, feel confident that data stored on smartphones running BlackBerry 10 can be properly secured and encrypted.

FIPS 140 is issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to coordinate the requirements and standards for certifying cryptographic modules. The standard was developed through the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP), which certifies products for use by U.S. government agencies and regulated industries that collect, store, transfer, share and disseminate sensitive information. Product certifications under the CMVP are performed in accordance with the requirements of FIPS 140-2. It is supported by the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) for the Canadian government.

"IDC expects the mobile enterprise security market to experience a high rate of growth from 2012 to 2016," said Stacy Crook, program manager for mobile enterprise research at IDC. "Maintaining the BlackBerry solution's reputation for security while introducing an enhanced user experience gives BlackBerry 10 the opportunity to be a highly competitive platform in the government, enterprise, and consumer sectors."

BlackBerry 7 smartphones meet Common Criteria security assurance level EAL 4+. The BlackBerry PlayBook is the first FIPS certified tablet for deployment within U.S. federal government agencies and certified for use by the Defence Signals Directorate of the Australian Government.

For more information about security and the BlackBerry platform visit www.blackberry.com/security.

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